Do I pray for my children? Well, of course I do! Do I really pray for them as I should though?
Recently the Lord has pricked my heart about praying more specifically for my children and also using Scripture verses to pray. I am finding that there are so many wonderful verses to pray!
I was so challenged by this, that I thought I’d share some things I want to better pray for in my children’s lives along with the verses God has shown me.
1. Use their talents for Him
I’ve always prayed that the Lord would help them with their music and other talents, but how could I be more specific?
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
1 Peter 4:10
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 12:31
Lord, help my children to be good stewards of their abilities, developing them to the fullest and humbly using them to glorify You.
2. Get along with each other
Siblings always get along perfectly, right? Let me just say that the following “lettuce” verses frequently need to be quoted at our house…
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
Help my children to have peace with each other, edifying one another and provoking each other to love and good works, not tearing down and annoying each other.
3. Be a good example and leader
With one son now attending college and my other two children regularly playing with neighborhood children, I’ve recently been burdened to pray for my children to stand for right in a very wrong world.
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12
Help them among their Christian friends and their non-Christian friends to boldly stand up for You, being an example in words, in behavior, in love, in attitude, in faith, and in purity.
4. Have a passion for God
As our pastor Dan Sweatt says, “Our goal should not be to raise good children, but to raise godly children.”
“O God, thou art my God;
early will I seek thee:
my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee.
My soul followeth hard after thee:
thy right hand upholdeth me.”
Lord, please give my children a soul that thirsts for You and follows hard after You – one that clings passionately to You.
5. Be Pure
Yes, we do have computer rules, and we do use accountability software……but in this internet age and increasingly wicked world we live in, I have a heavy burden to pray for purity in our children.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:
I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:22
Help my children to be strong in You, fleeing youthful lusts and setting no wicked thing before their eyes.
6. Have a tender heart to God’s Word
Like King Josiah, I want my children, to have a tender heart toward God’s Word.
“Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord.”
2 Chronicles 34:27
Help my children to be tender toward Your Word, being willing to humble themselves to make necessary changes in their lives as you direct them through Your Word in their personal devotions and at church.
7. Have His protection
Have any teen drivers in your house? With one son driving, and….. dare I say it…..another son driving in the next year, I have definitely prayed more for God’s protection on my children! Also, with this evil world that we live in, we so need God’s protection!
“For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous;
with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
Psalm 121:4-5, 8
Lord, thank you that you are never asleep while protecting my children. Please surround my children with Your protection as we go throughout the week. Guard them and defend them as they come and go.
8. Look to His guidance for a future spouse
Although it seems a ways away yet, I know how fast my children have already grown. In a blink, they will be married! Oh, that they would have families grounded in His Word!
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.”
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
Help my children to look to You to direct them to a spouse that is right for them and help their future spouses to do the same, that they would build their homes with You as the focus.
Well, this post is rather long, so I had better bring it to a close.
Oh, I also like this great printable resource of Bible virtues to pray for our children.
I’m sure there is so much more I can be praying for my children!
Leave a comment to share what you pray for your children.